The World Bank supports countries in building open, effective and accountable institutions for inclusive development. Good governance is at the heart of the development agenda and crucial to the World Bank Group’s twin goals of ending extreme poverty and boosting shared prosperity.
Countries with strong institutions prosper by creating an enabling environment that facilitates private sector growth, reduces poverty, delivers valuable services and earns the confidence of their citizens—a relationship of trust that is created when people can participate in government decision-making and know their voices are heard on issues that affect them.
Today’s rapid spread of information technology, combined with energized grassroots movements demanding transparency, accountability and better service delivery, offer countries with the will to act an unprecedented opportunity to build stronger, more sustainable governments. And in addition to its intrinsic value in promoting justice, the law has critical role to play in supporting good governance and promoting sustainable development outcomes.
Drawing on its convening power and multidisciplinary expertise, the World Bank provides financing, intellectual leadership and a reservoir of global experience to develop practical reforms to complex governance challenges with a unique holistic approach that includes lending, fiduciary, knowledge, advisory and technical assistance services. This site brings together, from sources throughout the World Bank, information on this governance work, together with information on the Bank’s knowledge initiatives in the area of law, justice and development, such as the annual Law, Justice and Development Week, the World Bank Legal Review and World Bank Studies, and the Global Forum on Law, Justice and Development.